Keller completes their first cutter soil mixing project in Canada

On Sept. 14, Keller, announced the completion of its first cutter soil mixing (CSM) project for Aragon Properties Ltd. in Port Moody, B.C., at a new mid-rise development complex called Platform.

CSM is well-suited for areas in the lower mainland and Pacific regions of Vancouver with deltaic alluvial flow deposits where there are few obstructions. Developed from diaphragm wall technology, CSM uses two sets of counter rotating, vertically mounted cutter wheels that cut the surrounding soil and blend the injected cement slurry with the in situ soil to form soil cement panels.

Keller performed earth retention and excavation support at 2718 Clarke Street on the approximately 38-metre-tall by 79-metre-wide property to aid in the establishment of Aragon’s modern living spaces. A CSM shoring wall was designed as a temporary earth retention structure. Field engineer Johannes Reinisch explains that construction included the supply and installation of almost 90 650-mm-thick CSM panels to a depth of up to nearly 16 metres.

Keller then completed the installation of 124 H-piles within the CSM panels. Superintendent Bradley McKay was pleased to report that production finished one week ahead of schedule due to Keller exceeding production targets.

“Working with Keller was a big win for us and we highly recommend them,” said Kris Hellens, EIT, senior project coordinator for Aragon Construction Management Corp. “In addition to the excellent backend support from their office staff, their site crew consisted of some of the most helpful, cooperative and responsive people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Keller’s whole team was able to react on the fly to changes in [the] plan without any issues and provided constructive insights on how to get the best possible product.”

Assistant project manager Anand Mitchell explains that the significance of CSM technology lies in its efficiency and consistency and says if Keller had approached this project with an alternative technique, it would have taken three times as long, “The cutter tool takes about two hours doing the work of three drill rigs to create the panels/walls in the ground.”

Hellens said, “Keller’s innovative materials testing solutions allowed us to meet the requirements of our consultants without sacrificing schedule, and their precision drilling saved us valuable square footage within the site. The soil mixing method proved to be fast, efficient and minimally disruptive, resulting in no complaints from the neighbours and saving Aragon from having to perform repairs to the adjacent properties.”

Keller will return to install two levels of anchors for a separate scope of work, which is anticipated to last a couple of weeks.

For more information on CSM services offered by Keller, contact business development manager Dan Maclean at 519-853-3216 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To find the Keller office nearest you, visit www.kellerfoundations.ca/locations.


Link-Belt announces all new full power 100RT

Link-Belt is bringing a new 100RT (90-mt) rough terrain crane to the market with the longest full-power boom available. “There’s not a full power boom out there that carries this capacity chart at radius,” said Brian Smoot, product manager telescopic rough terrain cranes. “This will be a dominant player for rental fleets, refineries and plant work in general, handling longer radius with ease.”

Other notable features for the 100RT include Link-Belt’s latest operator cab design, Pulse 2.0 operating system with remote software updates via wi-fi, V-Calc asymmetrical outrigger options, a new simple-to-assemble fly, latest Cummins technology with a Stage V engine and Link-Belt’s Vision package.

Following rigorous on-site and field testing, shipments of the new 100-ton (90-mt) 100RT rough terrain crane are scheduled to begin first quarter 2019.


An important milestone for the new Champlain Bridge Corridor

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was joined on Nov. 9 by Members of Parliament Marc Miller and David Lametti and local elected officials to inaugurate the new Île-des-Sœurs Bridge. The bridge is an important component of the new Champlain Bridge Corridor project, linking Île-des-Sœurs to the island of Montreal and connecting travellers along Highway 15 to the new Champlain Bridge.

The new Île-des-Sœurs Bridge officially opened to traffic in both directions on Nov. 12. It features four traffic lanes in each direction and a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists that will be open year-round. This enhanced crossing will ensure better traffic flow between the island of Montreal and Île-des-Sœurs while also encouraging increased use of active and public transportation options as one of the bridge’s lanes will be reserved for buses.

Minister Champagne took the opportunity of the inauguration to thank everyone who contributed to the design and building of the bridge. He also recognized the patience of local residents, and particularly those living on Île-des-Sœurs, whose lives have been impacted as a result of work on the entire new Champlain Bridge Corridor.

The Minister outlined measures that are already being taken by Signature on the St. Lawrence (SSL) including improved synchronization of traffic lights to keep traffic moving and enhanced signage.

He also confirmed additional measures being implemented by SSL and Infrastructure Canada in collaboration with the City of Montreal and the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated to further address congestion and ensure safety on local roads this winter. Together, these efforts will help reduce traffic difficulties in the area and improve the quality of life of residents and travellers.

“The completion of the Île-des-Sœurs Bridge is an important milestone for the new Champlain Bridge corridor. I thank all the workers and project staff whose collaboration and hard work is ensuring that the redesign of Montreal’s busiest crossing will meet the region’s long-term transportation needs,” said Minister Champagne.

Quick facts:

On Oct. 25, 2018, Signature on the St. Lawrence, the private consortium responsible for building and operating the new corridor, announced that despite the progress that has been made over the last few months, the new Champlain Bridge will not be ready to open to traffic this December. The main structure of the bridge will be complete by Dec. 21, 2018, and the bridge will be open to traffic no later than June 30, 2019.

The completion date for the entire corridor is Oct. 31, 2019. Construction of the Réseau Express Metropolitan on the bridge will commence only once the new Champlain Bridge Corridor is complete.


Maple Reinders creates scholarship for George Brown College’s Construction Management program

Maple Reinders announced it has developed a scholarship at George Brown College in Toronto. The Maple Reinders Leadership in Construction Award was developed to help domestic or international students registered full-time at the school. Specifically, they must be enrolled in the Honours Bachelor of Technology Construction Management program through the Angelo DelZotto School of Construction Management.

In addition to being a full-time student enrolled in the Construction Management program, students must also meet other eligibility criteria including:

  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by the institutions’ policies.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Exhibit passion for their field of study.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities through volunteer community service.


Harold Reinders, president and CEO of Maple Reinders, spoke of the long and proud history of the company and George Brown College, sharing, “Having personally sat on the Program Advisory Committee for the Construction Management program for several years, I know first-hand the quality of education that these students are getting through the school. Throughout the years, Maple has had many students come through George Brown College, sometimes as co-op students who end up becoming full-time hires or as recent graduates who come in on day one ready to work hard and contribute meaningfully. We couldn’t be prouder to support this next generation of construction leaders.”

Dean for the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies at George Brown College, Dr. Adel Esayed said, “We are thankful for Maple Reinders’ generous donation. George Brown College is always pleased to collaborate with forward-looking companies in the construction sector that are willing to make tangible expressions of their commitment to the industry by investing in our students.”

The inaugural Maple Reinders Leadership in Construction Award will be presented in April 2019 at the Divisional Student Awards for the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies. For more information on the Construction Management Degree at George Brown College visit www.georgebrown.ca/construction/.


Aecon joint venture awarded contract for Second Narrows Water Supply Tunnel project

Aecon Group Inc. has announced that a joint venture between Aecon (40 per cent) and Traylor Bros Inc. (60 per cent) has been awarded a $267 million contract by Metro Vancouver (Greater Vancouver Water District) for the Second Narrows Water Supply Tunnel project in B.C.

The scope of work includes construction of two shafts, one on each side of Burrard Inlet, connected by a 1,100-metre tunnel. The north entry shaft will be in North Vancouver and approximately 60 metres deep, while the south exit shaft will be in Burnaby and approximately 110 metres deep.

Work began in November and the project is expected to reach completion by the end of 2023.

“We look forward to successfully and safely delivering this complex, multi-year project for Metro Vancouver to ensure the continued, reliable delivery of clean drinking water to member jurisdictions,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, president and chief executive officer, Aecon Group Inc. “This award further advances Aecon’s recognized reputation as a partner-of-choice for tunnelling projects, while expanding our solid presence in Western Canada working on large-scale critical infrastructure projects.”


Government of Canada launches data hub on the economic impact of infrastructure investment

Well-planned infrastructure investment helps build strong communities, creates jobs and opportunities for the middle class, and supports a high standard of living for Canadians and their families. Good data allows governments to maximize the benefits of the infrastructure investments they are making through informed decisions.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, has welcomed the launch of Infrastructure Statistics Hub, an interactive tool that allows users to view data on the investment, stock and contribution of infrastructure to the Canadian economy from the recently launched Infrastructure Economic Account (INFEA).

INFEA was developed by Statistics Canada and launched in September 2018 as part of a commitment made in Budget 2017 to support a more evidence and results-based approach to public infrastructure policies, programs and investment decisions.

For the first time, data users will be able to understand the data linkages between infrastructure investment, value added, number of jobs and other variables for both the public and private sectors. Information for the period 2009 to 2017 can be viewed on a map, table and graph and is presented for three main subject areas: investment, stock and economic contribution.

“The Government is committed to an evidence-based approach to decision-making and new approaches to measure the impact of infrastructure investment. Through the Infrastructure Statistics Hub and other data and research initiatives, we will help all orders of government and the private sector in making effective and more strategic investment decisions. Smart investments in infrastructure will deliver better results for our communities, help grow the middle class and provide our small and medium businesses with new opportunities for growth and prosperity today and into the future,” Champagne said.

Statistics Canada plans to add new data and content to INFEA to measure the investment, stock and economic contribution of infrastructure over time. These future iterations will also help monitor and assess investments made under the Investing in Canada long-term infrastructure plan.

Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes and Canada’s rural and northern communities.


Prime Minister welcomes start of full construction on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the start of full construction on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge, which will create thousands of new jobs during construction and many permanent jobs once the bridge is operational.

The Windsor-Detroit trade corridor is the busiest commercial land border crossing between Canada and the United States, and is critical for people and goods to move across North America. The new Gordie Howe International Bridge will shorten travel times through this important corridor and create better connections for people and businesses on both sides of the border.

Expected to open by the end of 2024, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will provide direct connections between Ontario’s Highway 401 and Michigan’s Interstate 75. Enhanced border infrastructure at the crossing will also increase safety and security while making it easier and faster for people to travel and goods to flow between the two countries.

Locally, the bridge will benefit residents of Windsor and neighbouring communities by creating good, middle-class jobs, reducing commercial traffic on streets and increasing opportunities for local businesses.

“This project is a leading example of the strategic infrastructure investments we are making across Canada to help grow the economy, create good middle-class jobs and enhance productivity. With direct highway to highway connectivity and technologically advanced ports of entry, the bridge will better support significant commercial traffic and travellers through the Windsor-Detroit trade corridor,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

Quick Facts:

  • The Gordie Howe International Bridge project includes the construction of a six-lane, cable-stayed design bridge with a clear span of 853 metres and a total length of approximately 2.5 kilometres. It also includes new Canadian and U.S. ports of entry and approach bridges, border inspection plazas, tolling operations and an interchange in Michigan connecting Interstate 75 to the U.S. port of entry.
  • Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), a not-for-profit Canadian Crown corporation, is responsible for the delivery of the bridge project through a public-private partnership. In addition to managing the project agreement between itself and the project’s private sector partner, Bridging North America, WDBA will set and collect all tolls.
  • The Windsor-Detroit trade corridor is the busiest Canada-U.S. commercial land border crossing and is vital to the economies of Ontario, Michigan, Canada and the U.S. Approximately 7,000 trucks cross the corridor each day and about 2.5 million trucks each year.
  • In 2017, over $173 billion in bilateral trade passed through the Windsor-Detroit trade corridor, which is 23 per cent of the overall Canada-U.S. trade.
  • Canada and the U.S. share the world’s longest secure border, over which about 400,000 people cross daily. The two countries also exchange goods and services worth approximately $2.5 billion every day. 



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